Our flights and car are booked for a fortnight in mid-late March, but can any of you experts help with the itinerary?
We are two 60 year old “place droppers” (aka name droppers), with a zest for cultural and scenic travel, and just an occasional theme park. But we will be accompanied by a daughter half our age. So a couple of Orlando parks, followed by the Keys and the Everglades, would seem to be right - with the odd beach, some insight into how others live, and as little shopping as possible! Maybe something like this:
Day1: Arrive Orlando 17:30; collect car; find base (place/hotel/motel) for 4 nights
Day2: Gentle day, looking around and maybe going to a simple water park?
Day5: Kennedy Space Centre; find base for 1 night, between Cocoa Beach and Ft Lauderdale!
Day6: Drive to Lower Keys/Key West (via J Pennekamp Park); find base for 4 nights.
Day7: Bahia Honda State Park, Hemmingway House, Mallory Square, Duval St,
Day8: Dry Tortugas? Yankee Freedom, duration 8:00am-5:30pm, $168pp
Day9: Tropical/Botanic Garden (10-4, $5), Sunset snorkel combo (5-8pm, $45)
Day10: Drive back towards the Everglades; find base for 1 night –Homestead?
Day11: Drive to Flamingo (visiting Nat.Park stop offs/ trails); camp for 1 night.
Day12: Ranger led canoe tour, drive to Everglades city via Snake Valley; find base for 1 night
Day13: Boat tour (am), then drive to Marco Island; find base for 2 nights
Day14: Gentle day around Marco Island beaches
Day15: Drive to Orlando airport for 19:10 flight (180ml, 4h)
(a) Can anyone recommend a base (place/hotel/motel) to stay between KSC and Miami
(b) Is a brief drive-by enough to get an impression of Miami and its environs?
(c) Which of the Lower Keys or Key West would make a better/convenient base?
(d) What’s camping like at Flamingo in late March (temperature/insects/etc)?
(e) Is there a better/more convenient base than Marco Island for a final lazy day?
Any recommendations would be much appreciated.